I can sign a bundle with "Mac Developer" identity which is connected to my Apple account user name (ie a "person"). I can sign the package (.pkg) that contains the bundle with a "3rd Party Mac Developer Installer" identity (ie an "organization").

This results in the signature on the package (the organization) being different than the signature on the component (the developer that built the component).

It seems the "Mac Developer" name is hard linked to the Apple developer account and it is not possible to slide in the organization name instead.

How to sign components (applications, executables) with an organization name instead of a human person name?

  • Where did you get the installer certificate from? Having different certificate common names suggests the Mac Developer and 3rd Party Mac Developer Installer were issued to different Apple Developer IDs. Jan 31, 2023 at 13:07

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Apple needs to issue a new certificate with the desired organisation name. This typically requires the organisation to have an Apple Developer ID.

  1. Connect to the Developer Account for the organisation;
  2. Select Certificates
  3. Add a New Certificate, then either:
    • Select Developer ID Installer for distribution outside of the Mac App Store;
    • Select Mac Installer Distribution for submission to the Mac App Store.
  4. Select Continue and complete the remaining steps.
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    Good clues - thanks! The solution in the end for creating a mac installer (.pkg) containing mac executables for distribution outside the mac store was to generate two certificates ("Developer ID Application" and "Developer ID Installer") by the Apple Developer Account holder (owner). Any certs created by members (but not the owner) were essentially useless. Transfer the owner certificates to the developer machine in .p12 format along with a separate password.
    – FuzzyWuzzy
    Feb 2, 2023 at 21:29
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    Also, submitting the .pkg using the Apple notarytool was incredible useful as it would give a detailed report (log) of any signing errors.
    – FuzzyWuzzy
    Feb 2, 2023 at 21:31

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